Granite countertop thickness matters. Why? We’ll visit the reasons why you want to select the proper thickness. Aside from saving money, there are some important reasons.
While not every individual item in this list is going to be practical, they are all things to consider when you’re looking at your granite countertops. There are a lot of factors that can go into deciding how thick you want your granite countertops to be, but how thick should they be?
You may have guessed it, and you would have guessed it right—there’s a great deal of cost to be associated with how thick your granite countertop is. We all know that granite can get pricey, but you’re not getting it because it’s costly—you’re getting granite countertops because you have a statement to make, because you finally get to call the shots in a kitchen of your own. If you’re remodeling or flipping a home so you can move into it, the thickness of your granite countertops is going to show you how much you’re able to afford and pour into that home. It’s a statement of your dedication to detail.
They absolutely do. We’ve all seen those HGTV shows where someone gets a granite countertop delivered, and then someone ends up breaking it (usually the homeowner, or their brother). Well, if they had a thicker countertop, it may not have broken.
People often think, “Oh, it had more weight to it, so it hit harder.” Well, you’d be right there. The heavier an object, the harder its fall is going to be. However, it can also withstand greater levels of vibrations, which ultimately decide if it’s going to crack or not. Everything receives some amount of shock—your walls withstand shock if you shout, your car withstands shock when the radio is turned up too loud. Your granite countertops need to be thicker to avoid cracking, and it doesn’t just apply to when it’s being hauled in.
If you’re a big cook and you’re going to be in the kitchen a lot, that’s a million more opportunities to have something go wrong. Thinner countertops can’t take shock, especially when they’re resting on certain surfaces that don’t offer a reverb. If you slam a pot down too quickly, or you go to move the microwave and it slips, you could endure a big crack on your granite countertop. You can get it mended, but it will look pretty terrible when you do it.
When you’re going for custom cabinets and a great tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a kitchen island complete with a gas range, and more, you want one thing—consistent quality. If you go for thinner countertops, it’s going to immediately reflect on how much capital and attention you put into your kitchen. For some of us, it’s all about seeing the value and the elegance in our kitchen. It’s not a small detail by any means—the thickness of your countertops directly speaks about how much you put into them.
In short, they do, but it’s by a small enough margin that it shouldn’t even be considered in your purchase decision. If you’re worried about upkeep, you’re only going to apply a tenth of an ounce more sealant around the finished edges than you would on thinner countertops. The surface area and backsplash will remain the same size.
There’s a little trick you can do to make your thicker countertops appear even thicker—the finish. This can affect the granite countertop thickness and appearance. If you’re going for a rounded edge, a slope, or what have you, make the angle cut dramatic. Nothing that’s going to get chipped easily, but enough to give the illusion of having a bigger countertop. This is also great for those of you who want a thicker countertop, but don’t have the capital to invest. We get it; the stove and fridge are more important.
One of the biggest trends to emerge with granite countertops in recent years is multi-level kitchen islands. This is where the thickness of your countertop can either suit you, or mess you up. When your countertop is too thick, it’s going to look a bit like you dropped a stone altar on top of a cabinet that’s too tall.
You need to approach this in a specific way. For you, having medium-thickness countertops may be the better option here. If you’re looking to have a seamless design, you don’t want little details like an awkwardly-big countertop looking horribly out of place. This is one of the few times that having the right proportion of countertop thickness really matters.
Big or small, thin or thick, there’s no better quote out there than the one we give you from Granite Huggers. Give us a call at (972) 670-4533 and figure out just exactly what type of granite countertop you need.